Music Education, BM

Offered in: Chicago

The goal of the Music Education program is to guide students who are drawn to the vocation of teaching to develop into outstanding educators, role models, and advocates for the arts in our society. The structure of the degree is based upon the licensure requirements of the State of Illinois, and on CCPA's high standards of performance. Graduates are entitled to Roosevelt University's recommendation for K-12 licensure in music. The program is also fully certified by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which entitles graduates to reciprocity privilege in certification to teach all types of music classes in elementary and secondary schools throughout the country.

The program's objectives are to:

  • prepare graduates to embrace diversity and flexibility in their pedagogical approaches to musical styles, genres, and ensembles; various ages and skill levels of students; urban, suburban, and rural communities; incorporating students' cultural and community assets into instruction; and students with varied socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • develop teacher identity and help students to layer on or merge this identity with their already established and reinforced musician/performer identity;
  • develop strong communication skills that help students intertwine their personal skills and qualities with their musical content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge;
  • develop strong organizational abilities;
  • develop strong leadership skills;
  • prepare students to pass the edTPA, obtain licensure, and obtain employment in the state of their choice in public or private schools.

Program requirements and procedures are published in the Music Conservatory Handbook. Performance and musicianship training are developed throughout the curriculum because deep content knowledge is the foundations of all excellent teaching. Other dimensions and competencies of effective teaching are developed and assessed regularly through music education coursework. In the senior recital, music education students demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills gained from applied study, ensemble experiences, supportive studies in music, and music education methods courses. Recital requirements include performance of solo repertory as well as the preparation and conducting of an ensemble selection, as evidence of musical leadership skills.

Admission Requirements

Prospective music education majors will prepare the audition requirements for their primary instrument or voice, as published on the  CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage..  

In addition, an interview with the music education faculty is required.

Grade Requirements

Satisfactory completion of the music core is a requirement for licensure. The music core consists of the following required music courses: Applied Music 201-204 and 301-303 or 211-214 and 311-314; 6 credit hours of ensemble; two courses from among MUHL 210 VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES, MUHL 251 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I, MUHL 252 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II, and MUHL 253 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III; MUSC 222A MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS/MUSC 222B MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS/MUSC 222C MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS; and PERF 240 ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING. Any grade lower than C in any music core, music education, education, or professional education course is considered a failing grade and will not fulfill degree requirements.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 to remain in good standing and graduate.

All course requirements must be completed before the credit of student teaching.

Requirements

Students choose an emphasis in either choral music education (125 credit hours) or instrumental music education (129 credit hours). The general studies, music education/professional education, and basic musicianship/performance components of the program are the same for both emphases. Specific requirements for each emphasis are listed below.

Basic Musicianship and Performance
Applied Music 2012
Applied Music 2022
Applied Music 2032
Applied Music 204 2
Applied Music 3012
Applied Music 3022
Applied Music 3032
Senior Recital0
Major Ensemble (every term except student teaching)7
Performance Class according to applied area (7 semesters)0
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
Subtotal Basic Musicianship/Performance55
Music Education/Professional Education
ME 149CAREER SEMINAR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING1
ME 200MUSIC EDUCATION LAB (participation required for all majors in semesters three through seven)0
ME 243CONDUCTING:ART & TECHNIQUE3
ME 310STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP5-12
ME 350METHODS FOR THE ELEMENTARY MUSIC CLASSROOM3
ME 352SECONDARY GENERAL MUSIC METHODS3
ME 351ISSUES IN MUSIC EDUCATION3
EDUC 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
SPED 219EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH3
Subtotal Music Education/Professional Education24
General Studies
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
EDUC 200AMERICAN EDUCATION3
MATH 105FOUNDATIONS OF ARITHMETIC3
PSYC 103INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY3
READ 363TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS3
Non-Western Elective (Humanities or Social Science)3
HIST 106THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
or HIST 107 THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
or POS 101 UNITED STATES POLITICS
Two non-music courses of the student's choice6
Subtotal General Studies36
Subtotal for Emphasis (see below)10-14
Total Credit Hours for Degree125-129

Choral Emphasis 

ME 311CHORAL METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL3
ME 312CHORAL METHODS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL3
Select two of the following:2
BRASS TECHNIQUES
WOODWIND TECHNIQUES
STRING TECHNIQUES
PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES
PIA 206FUNCTIONAL KEYBOARD SKILLS FOR THE MUSIC EDUCATOR2
Total Credit Hours10

Instrumental Emphasis 

ME 152BRASS TECHNIQUES1
ME 153WOODWIND TECHNIQUES1
ME 154STRING TECHNIQUES1
ME 155PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES1
ME 161CHORAL METHODS FOR INSTRUMENTAL MAJORS2
ME 313INSTRUMENTAL METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL3
ME 314INSTRUMENTAL METHODS FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL3
ME 337MARCHING/JAZZ BAND MANAGEMENT2
Total Credit Hours14